Hyundai makes a triple-pronged bid for the environmentally friendly car market at the Geneva Auto Show. Jim Drury reports.
Hyundai's long-awaited IONIQ range on display at the Geneva Auto Show. It's believed to be the first time a major carmaker has used three different powertrains in one model - hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full electric. SOUNDBITE (English) RAF VAN NUFFEL, HEAD OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AND PRICING AT HYUNDAI MOTOR EUROPE, SAYING: "So, maybe starting with the hybrids. The system output of this car is 141 horsepower. The CO2 target is 79 grams. Of course this is subject to final home location. Then we move on to the plug-in hybrids. They're the range that we are targeting. EV range is more than 50 kilometres and that brings us to a CO2 level of just 32 grams per kilometre. When we go to the EV of course we're talking full electric, so zero emission. The battery that we use is the lithium ion polymer battery, so the latest generation. In the EV it's 28 kilowatt hours and that delivers a full EV range of more than 250 kilometres." The South Korean firm says it wants to make low to zero-emission transportation accessible to all. Cheap oil potentially threatens the growth of the electric car industry, but automakers insist the sector has a bright future. The Geneva Auto Show runs until March 13.